WELLSTON, Ohio – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the General Mills production facility in Jackson County today. Brown met with workers and factory leadership, and toured the Jackson County plant.

“Too often, we buy food at the grocery store without thinking about where it is grown or produced,” Brown said. “The workers at this production facility remind us of the hard work and commitment that goes into the food we eat each day – and the local jobs this industry supports in Ohio. I’m glad General Mills is working with my office to help Ohio’s next generation see the manufacturing jobs available to them.”

The plant – which produces Totino’s pizzas and pizza rolls – has partnered with Brown’s office on Summer Manufacturing Camps, which give middle school students the opportunity to learn about manufacturing jobs in their community and tour local manufacturing facilities.

Brown has been a strong supporter of American manufacturing. He has led Senate opposition to trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would hurt Ohio’s manufacturing jobs and has worked to spur innovation and investment in manufacturing. Brown authored the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which was signed into law in December 2014. The bill created a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation made up of advanced manufacturing hubs to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to leverage resources and spur innovation. Brown’s office also hosts a series of Manufacturing Camps each summer to get a new generation of Ohioans interested in manufacturing jobs.